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post #11 of 14 Old 01-24-2013, 07:10 PM
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Originally Posted by Corporal View Post
In NC you probably don't need more than than a 3-sided shed. I have a book on barn building and it suggests such a building for warmer climates. I kept my horses outside with just a shelter in Central IL for a full 14 years. I couldn't WAIT to have a barn with stalls and good storage, even though I had to construct the stalls myself.
You NEVER KNOW when a horse will get sick or injured, or you get a new animal and have to separate the herd. You prevent injuries from the ice by having stalls, too, but in NC that probably isn't an issue. This week the temps dipped low and I added straw to everybody's stall. I also keep blankets, but they usually just get dusty--but they are there all the same.
IMHO, you can't have too many buildings with a roof. A barn is a real prize.
In our part of NC you don't need more than a shelter so a couple years ago we put up a simple pole 28'x30' barn/shelter. The mares have their shelter and we have plenty of barn space, too.

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post #12 of 14 Old 01-26-2013, 04:59 PM
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I still stand by the 3-sided vs full out barn.

corporal does point out some good things, but what I would personally do to be prepared for the instance of a horse that needs stall rest or seperated/introduced is to put a few gates on the walls so you can swing them out to form a stall but swing them flat against the walls when you just want a full shelter.

as far as ice, i notice the most packed snow right at the door where the horses are coming to the barn and onto the concrete, out in the pasture around the hay feeder it's packed down but their hooves keep it worked up enough not to get slick.

I also like the 3 sided for the fact that the horses can be out more and have better air flow, most horse barns look nice but many leave a lot to be desired in the department of air flow
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post #13 of 14 Old 01-26-2013, 05:12 PM
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Sorry tim-in upstate NY I personally would not be without a barn. Never have (in 45 years of horse ownership there-and never will. I have the option of leaving them out if it is nice, but like a barn. Tack room and all. I hate standing outside in pouring rain or snow (and the wind.....)waiting for the slow one to eat to make sure everyone gets theirs, etc. Plus-if we have one that needs it-we have stall rest. Also pretty nice for vets, farriers, etc.....when it is February, and the winter winds are howling as they do there. Like having lights to look at a wound....and the list goes on. To each their own.

Depending on where the OP is in NC-there is actually quite a bit of ice, so I probably would go with a barn there too......I had one in MD, and it is similar.......

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post #14 of 14 Old 01-27-2013, 07:48 PM Thread Starter
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I am in eastern NC, coastal. I def want a barn for shelter. The weather can get bad quick and also, hurricanes of course.
I just started talking to an agent and he is emailing me some leads on properties. These are horse properties and one of them is the idea I'm looking for, but too far away. We are gonna look around and see what comes our way. I am going to probably hold out until Fall before we actively apply. The idea I am talking about was 10 acres with an old house on the property. The house would need alot of work and my husband would want to build a new construction on the property instead of keep that house. Anyhow it was listed for only 86,000. Since this one was the first thing the realtor suggested I told him to keep it closer to our work so he is goin to contact us with more possibilities this week. Crossing our fingers to come up with something good and draw up a plan.

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